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Learning Labs


Simple Machines

Extend learning with these resources.

Pre- and post-visit activities

Simple Machines online game
Help Twitch do his late-night work in the Museum workshop by creating simple machines.

Explore all six simple machines in these activities:
Wedge (PDF)
Inclined plane (PDF)
Screw (PDF)
Lever (PDF)
Pulley (PDF)
Wheel and axle (PDF)

Additional resources

Edheads: Simple Machines

Edheads: Odd Machine

Rube Goldberg

Robo Arm

Museum connections

Science Storms

Swiss Jolly Ball

Simple Machines Student Guide (PDF)

Simple Machines Chaperone Guide (PDF)

Career connections

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